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Formula One cars will have to befitted with the Halo cockpit protection system starting from the 2018 World Championship, motorsport's organizing body, the FIA, has decided. While it had seemed that the competing Shield design was the more popular option, the FIA said on Wednesday that the Halo was picked because it presented the best overall safety performance.
The Halo, first proposed by Mercedes AMG, consists of a tubular carbon structure mounted over the cockpit. Because of the proximity of the central strut to the driver, it has little effect on visibility. Red Bull Racing was one of the most vocal critics of the Halo, with the team claiming a driver's helmet might come into contact with one of the protective bars. With the support of the teams, a final design for the halo will now be developed ahead of the 2018 season.
Classic Ferraris are without question of one of the most sought-after models in any auction and there’s a whole lis of iconic Prancing Horses that have fetched millions of dollars each. The two most expensive cars sold in an auction are both Ferraris - a 1962 250 GTO and a 1957 355S. In fact, these two are the only two cars to fetch over $30 million, and with Ferraris continuing to have such massive appeal from auto collectors, we can expect big things to come out of RM Sotheby's upcoming car auction; it's being described as the biggest Ferrari auction in history.
For those who aren't familiar, RM Sotheby’s is actually the go-to auction house if you’re looking for classic Ferraris. Forty percent of the cars sold by the auction house are Ferraris, including a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM that was once owned by no less than five-time Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio. That car sold for $28.05 million back in December 2015, barely edging the $27.5 million that somebody paid for a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider, considered to this day as the most expensive road-going Ferrari to be auctioned off. Needless to say, expectations are high for the upcoming RM Sotheby's Ferrari auction. The event will take place in Maranello from September 8 to 10,2017. Judging by how the auction is being advertised as carrying the “most valuable and sought-after Ferraris on the planet," you can expect a lot of money being thrown around.
There are certain model names near and dear to Ferrari's heart. You can tell this by how often (or sparingly) the company uses them. A case can be made that one of the most important names in Maranello’s portfolio is Gran Turismo Omologato, or more popularly known by its acronym, GTO. To date, Ferrari has only used the GTO name three times, most recently in 2011 with the 599 GTO, which joined the 250 GTO and the 288 GTO as the only Prancing Horse models with this nomenclature. Prepare yourselves though, because we could be seeing a fourth GTO model on the horizon.
While there’s no confirmation yet on Ferrari's plans, Autocar reported that Maranello is preparing a hardcore version of its 488 super car and the name that’s being considered is 488 GTO. It would certainly make sense to bring back the GTO name for such a model, distinguish with Ferrari's "more power, less weight” credo. That usually translates to the car being faster and more powerful than its standard guise. There's no official word yet on how much power the 488 GTO is slated to pack, but the goal it seems is to get it up to north of 700 horsepower, giving at least 40 extra ponies to work with compared to the 488 GTB. At the very least, the expected power goals will put the 488 GTO well above the Lamborghini Huracan 640-4 Performante and a cartwheel away from the 710-horsepower McLaren 720S. (Kirby Garlitos)
Ferraris have been stolen before, but Ferrari himself?! Italian investigators working a drug and arms smuggling case say they uncovered a plot to steal the body of Enzo Ferrari from his grave and hold it for ransom.
Ferrari's remains lay in an above-ground family tomb in the city of Modena, not far from the headquarters of the automobile company he founded in 1939. Ferrari died in 1988, age 90. Authorities say the Sardinia-based gang had everything planned out, including an escape into the Apennine Mountains where they would hide the body until the ransom was paid, according to Motorsport.com. But on Tuesday, 300 police and military rounded up 34 members of the gang in raids across Italy before they could pull of the gruesome heist. (Foxnews)